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Moms of Preschoolers know how to throw a party. Hannah Carter, Central Rogers MOPS Coordinator, says this annual event is always a fun time, especially the cookie walk, which has grown in popularity over the years. “Each member of the MOPS group makes fun holiday cookies, and then customers pick a variety of cookies to purchase by the pound.”
This annual craft fair event benefits the MOPS group, who then turn around and help support the community. One of their favorite charities is the Teen Action & Support Center, located next door to the church where the MOPS group meets. The organization encourages youth to be responsible members of society by offering free support services.
Jonesboro: Alive After Five Street Market
Thursday, November 20, 5:00-8:00
Vendors will be carrying holiday items, local crafts, baked goods, wood products, and lots more. Hailey Knight, Executive Director for Downtown Jonesboro, confirmed there will also be live music and said there is a special holiday emphasis on the November fair—the last one of the year. “Vendors and local entrepreneurs will be presenting their holiday products at the street fair. Participants can come and enjoy crafts, baked goods, and handmade wood products.” Admission is free, but bring money for some creative (and local!) Christmas shopping.
photo credit: Downtown Jonesboro Association
Conway: Dazzle Daze
Thursday, November 20 with Girls Night Out – November 22.
Conway Expo Center
Dazzle Daze is an annual fundraiser for the Conway Regional Women’s Council with proceeds benefiting the Conway Regional Health System, Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center scholarships, and the John and Janice Robbins scholarship for area healthcare students. This fall event is a three-day shopping extravaganza featuring specialty shopping in one location. More than 85 merchants from around the country will offer gourmet food, holiday items, jewelry, children’s items, women’s clothing and accessories, art, men’s items, home decor and much more.
Clarksville: 2nd Annual Country Christmas Holiday Bazaar
December 5-6 from 9:00-5:00
December 7 from 12:00-5:00
Martin Vinson Multipurpose Building
Santa will be available to take pictures with children from 12:00 to 4:00 on Friday and Saturday. The bazaar coincides with the annual Light Up the Square Ceremony and Christmas Parade and supports local artisans and consultants in the Clarksville area.
Little Rock: First Annual Holidays in the Park at the River Market
Saturday, November 29 2014 thru Saturday, January 3, 2015
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
First Security Amphitheater
400 President Clinton Avenue
Diana Long, Director of River Market Operations for the LR Convention & Visitors Bureau confirmed that Santa will stop by on opening day, November 29, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Cookies, cocoa, and cider are on the menu. There will be crafts and games for the kids. At 5:00 the event moves to the Amphitheater for the light show. Families can come and enjoy the light show every evening from 5:00-10:00.
For more updates on this holiday event, and other events in Little Rock, check out the Holidays in Little Rock website.
Benton: Saline County Celebration of Lights
This celebration is part of the Holiday Trail of Lights in Central Arkansas. Lights turn on November 24, but the official kick-off is December 1st with the Christmas Parade.
Santa will be around to take photos with children on December 1st, 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th at 6:00, and the first ever Holiday Hog will show up on the 16th and 18th (you’ll have to see that for yourselves, folks). Free cocoa, cookies will be served. Carriage rides are available for a charge. The festivities run the entire month of December, including entertainment, music, and more.
Keep an eye on salinecounty.org for event details and updates.
Helena Holiday Festival
Sunday, November 30 to Sunday, December 7
It’s Helena’s way of ringing in the holiday season! Activities include a lighting of downtown and choir performances. The week is locally focused and takes place in downtown near local shops. Come prepared to do some of your Christmas shopping.
For updates to the holiday festival visit the Helena, Arkansas website.
Batesville Lighting Ceremony
Monday, December 1
Batesville is kicking off the holiday season with a grand lighting ceremony at 6:00, a ceremony that includes one of the most amazing light displays in the state, according to Allison Phelps with the city. Lights will cover the downtown are as well as Riverside Park, and accompanied by music and singing and other festivities. The Christmas Parade follows on Main Street at 7:00. Keep up with the City of Batesville website, MyBatesville.org, and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for additional information and additions to this event.
Small Business Saturday in Arkansas
November 29 in your town. Check your area’s local craft fair, flea markets, or Chamber of Commerce for more information on how you can support vendors, artists, and business owners in your neighborhood.
Arkansas Holiday Tour of Lights
Some of the above events are on the Arkansas Holiday Tour of Lights. Check the schedule for more events near your neck of the woods.
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